Police: Ambulance stolen after left running in front of hospital

The ambulance later was found unoccupied on Cebra Avenue near Chester Place, according to a spokesman for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information


Maura Grunlund
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An unoccupied, idling ambulance was stolen from outside the emergency room at Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton early on Monday morning, according to police.

The ambulance later was found unoccupied on Cebra Avenue near Chester Place, according to a spokesman for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information.

The hospital is conducting a full internal investigation into the incident. (Photo/ Richmond University Medical Center)
The hospital is conducting a full internal investigation into the incident. (Photo/ Richmond University Medical Center)

“The hospital is conducting a full internal investigation into the incident,” said Alex Lutz, a spokesman for the medical center. “We want to extend our thanks to the men and women of the NYPD for their quick assistance in recovering our vehicle.”

The NYPD received a call at about 12:30 a.m. that the vehicle was stolen from the hospital at 355 Bard Ave., the police spokesman said.

The medical center’s ambulance was left with keys in the ignition and the engine running in the emergency room parking lot, the police spokesman said.

A review of the hospital surveillance system showed that a male wearing all black entered the ambulance and then drove away, the police spokesman said.

No arrests have been made and a more detailed description of the suspect is unavailable, the police spokesman said.

Officers who responded to the call of the stolen vehicle were redirected to Cebra Avenue because the ambulance was tracked to that location by GPS.

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